Equestrian

The Perfect Black Boot

For the past couple of weeks I have been on the hunt for a new black boot. Each year I update my boot collection in the Fall. I have this thing about boots, some fashionistas have a thing about purses, or nail polish, or expensive jeans. While I do love all of those things, for me its boots I just freaking LOVE boots. Over the years I have curated my tastes in a good boot specifically to leather all weather boots. I am really hard on my shoes, I always have been. That now translates into needing really good shoes, and a variety of them to share the workload. Thats at least what I tell my husband every time a new boot box comes through the door. Haha.

I have fabulous brown boots, I have fabulous snow boots, I have fabulous rain boots, I have fabulous wedge boots, I have fabulous riding boots, I have fabulous cowboy boots. My current black boot situation is not good, the pair from last year was not quality. So I am on the hunt. I want something rugged but subtle, not refined. I like a boot with buckles and a thick sole. I also need a wide calf. I want a leather boot, that is waterproof but not insulated(I have insulated boots already). With all of those specifications my pool of choices has become pretty small. I am sharing my options and the boots that I am picking from.

Being a curvy boot loving girl, I have to be careful to balance my whole appearance when wearing boot and skinnies. A rugged boot, with buckles and some slouch helps create a balance to your look.

Frye offers some fabulous options and Nordstrom is having a sale!! I am a big fan of Sorel, and Naturalizer. Being an equestrian I also have some Ariat boots that I have talked about on the blog.
Curls and Contours, Frye, Sorel, Plus size boots

  1. Frye “Veronica Slouch” Boot (Wide Calf)
  2. Frye “Veronica Shortie” Slouchy Boot
  3. Naturalizer “Jewels Buckle Boot” (Wide Calf)
  4. Vince Camuto “Jamina” Riding Boot 
  5. Sorel “Joan of Arctic” Wedge Mid
  6. Frye ” Jenna Cut Stud” Short Moto Boot

 

Adams Halloween Bash

So I have been planning a Halloween party for months, and I had it all planned perfectly. In my mind the weather was going to perfect! I had planned a tent with these amazing lights, and decorations, a bonfire, a hayride. My home and property would be full of people dressed in fantastic costumes on a beautiful Fall evening. We would bob for apples and drink to much mulled wine. This party that I had planned was perfection. THEN, real life smacked me in the head. It was going to RAIN. And not just a light sprinkle, like TORRENTIAL down pour. I had all these decorations that I had obsessively selected, I mean I committed an entire Pinterest board to this event. I had centerpieces that I had designed and a Photo Booth that I created from scratch. At this point I was so bummed over the rain that I just didn’t even have a second plan in place, my hubby stepped in and completely cleaned out his barn, and prepped it for me to host my event in.

Now you may be thinking, damn that is so redneck, and at first I really though that it would be that way. But somehow we pulled off a fantastic halloween bash right in the barn. I didn’t even notice the rain. I took some photos of what I put together in the house, but not in the barn of my decorations(I ran out of time when the party got going). I had a fantastic Photo Booth, that really was a hit at the party. Super easy to make and was so fun!

I used two big pieces of butcher paper, some black and red paint. I taped the paper together and sketched out the block lettering, then just some free hand painting, and voila! We had a Photo Booth back drop. I took pictures with my camera, and set up a construction light to make sure there was plenty of lighting. Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

I shopped mostly JoAnn’s and TJ Maxx for my decorations. I was really able to put together some great stuff AND get some fantastic deals!

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

I picked up these decorations at JoAnn Fabrics for 70% off just a couple of days before the party! I saved over 300 dollars on everything!

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

The skull garland I found at Marshalls, they are fantastic BUT the bulbs broke really easy, boo.

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

The Wicked table runner was a TJ Maxx find, and of course we had some Michigan wine.

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party, Fiestaware

My pumpkin came from Home Goods, and the candlesticks were a wedding gift(they are Fiestaware). The adorable Tooth of Troll, and Bat Wing candles came from JoAnns they smelled like vanilla.

Curls and Contours, Forrest Gump Costume

We shopped Amazon for our costumes, I am a big fan of putting together your own costume and not buying a bag costume. Forrest and Jenny Gump, my hubby has been growing this beard, so he opted for the running across the country version of Forrest Gump, I went for the Hippie Jenny look. A post drug addict/pre HIV Jenny Gump was really the look I was trying for.

Curls and Contours, Forrest and Jenny

Because the party was outdoors, I had to think of ways to stay warm, without losing the look of my costume. So I grabbed a Faux Shearling coat, and some Figure Skater nude tights(perfect because they are thick and warm)and . Once our barn got warmed up I took off the coat. This dress came from Amazon, and was perfect for the whole look. For makeup and hair, I had to do a flower crown, I got a blowout and then had my hair curled and bangs parted in  70’s style. I went big with blue eyeshadow.

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

Curls and Contours, Halloween Bash

Hello Gorgeous! My friends are so beautiful, and this skull! Seriously it was 10 bucks at Rite Aid.

Curls and Contours, Halloween Party

Dentz Denim

My Halloween Bash went down last night, and currently I am on the couch with a tea, and Sleepy Hollow on Hulu. I just want to be cozy today, so naturally I am in my favorite new sweatshirt from Dentz Denim. Its slouchy fit works perfectly with leggings, and later when I drag myself to the grocery store my favorite sneakers and vest will be on point with this adorable top.

Dentz Denim sent me this sweatshirt to try out, and I am IN LOVE, if being a “Wifey” isn’t  for you, your are in luck because they have hundreds of designs!!

Curly Hair – Check

Monogram Necklace – Check

Leggings – Check

Sneakers – Check

Dentz Denim Wifey Sweatshirt – Check

 

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Wifey Sweatshirt by Dentz Denim

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

This is a c/o post courtesy of Dentz Denim, all opinions are my own.

All The Plaids

In the fall I find myself gravitating toward cozy fabrics and plaid. I crave cardigans, vests, and flannels.

I have this thing for cream fuzzy cardigans, every time I see one in a store I instantly want to have it. 99% of the time they aren’t flattering one me. So bummed. But I do have success with vests, I love a good vest and this year I finally indulged in the coveted J Crew style vest. I went with a plaid black vest, which initially I didn’t want. I thought that I needed a plain black vest, but a friend urged me to go with a black pattern and I am so glad that I did. Stepping outside of my comfort zone I have really been playing with pattern mixing.

Pattern mixing is so in right now, take a chance and step out of your comfort zone. Try that pattern vest, or jacket!

Here are some outerwear options with a little more sass!

  1. Lucky Brand
  2. Target Puffer Vest
  3. Old Navy Quilted
  4. Poncho
  5. Ralph Lauren

Curls and Contours, J Crew, Ralph Lauren

Vest | J Crew, Flannel | Ralph Lauren, Jeans | Torrid, Boots | Ariat, Scarf | Homemade

Curls and Contours,  J Crew, Ariat boots

Curls and Contours J Crew, Fitbit

Watch | Michael Kors

Curls and Contours, Howell Nature Center, Spirit of Alexandria Foundation

This beautiful place is located at the Howell Nature Center, and was built by the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation 

Curls and Contours, Torrid, J Crew

Dublin Born Equestrian

The struggle is real when your photographer is out of town, that leaves me with my husband and shooting at night when my horses are already tucked into bed. I will be featuring this equestrian style on the blog again in November, a series is brewing featuring equestrian looks that work in the barn and running errands around town.

As a plus size equestrian I am always looking for comfortable riding clothes to flatter me in and out of the saddle. I want to feel confident and comfortable in the barn and at horse shows. I am excited to share Dublin Clothing with you, this brand is well known specifically for their fabulous boots but they are also have fantastic breeches (and many other beautiful products).

I am here to talk about their breeches today. Specifically Dublin Active Shapely Euro Seat Knee Patch Breeches. I think we can all agree that EVERYONE no matter your size loves cute pants, and these beauties do not disappoint. But for the curvier rider, there are a few more important points to note when shopping for riding pants. I want to feel secure, I love my body and I want to feel like everything is right where it needs to be. I want my pants to fit in my boots, whether its some cowboy boots under my chaps(YES I wear breeches under my chaps, get over it). Or slipping my foot into my riding boot for an afternoon in the saddle. I don’t want pulling, I don’t want ankle restriction I am looking for freedom of movement so I can drop my heel and push my mare the way she needs it. These breeches allowed freedom of movement in my ankle and knee.

Added bonus, is no gapping in the seat, re-enforced tummy area and a strong fabric that is going to keep my cellulite hidden, because I am a real girl that has real dumb cellulite. I was able to find all of that in these breeches. Confidence is key, these shapely breeches give you everything the curvy rider could want. Everything that you have been searching for. Great fit, fabric and quality these breeches have it all.

Shop Dublin Clothing online, or you can find a retailer near you.

Curls and Contours, Dublin Boots and Breeches

Meet Exclusive Call Girl, my stunning National Champion and two time horse of the year. I raised this beautiful girl, and saved her life during her birth. I am the first human touch she has ever felt.

Curls and Contours, Dublin Boots and Breeches

Curls and Contours, Dublin Boots and Breeches

Jacket(Similar) | Kerrits, Scarf | Homemade, Quarter Zip | Addidas, Breeches | Dublin, Boots | Dublin

This is Cocoa’s Chaos, my project horse and just an all around goof ball. He has the roots to make him great, I just need to finish him.

Curls and Contours, Dublin Boots and Breeches

Curls and Contours, Dublin Boots and Breeches

I have all natural Tennessee Walking Horses, I compete with these animals on multiple circuits across the country. In the fall and winter they are my pets. I am an advocate for the sound horse movement, and I am staunchly against the abuse practices that run rampant through the Walking horse community.

This is a care of post, but all opinions are my own.

Curvy In The Saddle

I have yet to really post on Curls and Contours about my Equestrian life. This post is long overdue for multiple reasons, one being that so much of my personal style stems from my equestrian roots, and two riding is a HUGE part of my life. I spend my days in three versions of the same outfit. Mornings I can be seen running around in leggings and sneakers, afternoons I can be seen in skinnies and a cute top, and evenings I have on boots, breeches or jeans and a barn top.

I am blessed to have three beautiful horses in my life. All of them like people bring something different to the table. I have the youngster who is bred for greatness but is still a work in progress, the people pleaser who is just happy to be where you are, and the beautiful bay mare who runs the whole operation and is as much of a princess as I am. I am beyond blessed to have these beautiful creatures in my life, and I am lucky to call them teammates in competition.

Fall is my favorite season for riding, so look forward to more posts on C&C on my Equestrian life!

Curls and Contours, Equestrian

Curls and Contours, Equestrian

Hat | Conner Hats, Scarf | Handmade by Me, Top | Old Navy, Jeans | Loft, Boots(Similar) | Tony Lama 

Curls and Contours, Equestrian

Curls and Contours, Equestrian

Curls and Contours, Equestrian